Where can I look to find a rental in Santa Barbara?
August 7, 2006 12:01 PM Subscribe
[SantaBarbaraFilter]I can't find rental housing in Santa Barbara. What's the trick?
posted by k8t to home & garden (11 answers total)
Here's what we're looking for (in order of importance): accepts pets (cat and large dog, with references), easy to walk to a bus line, broadband available, cell phones get reception, ample closet space, 1 or 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom is fine, would like a fenced-in yard if possible (for pets), laundry would be nice, parking would be nice, pretty views would be a plus, walkable to groceries would be a plus.
And we're willing to pay up to $2.5k for this, but it'd be nice if it was cheaper, of course.
My boyfriend is a professional, I'm a PhD student. We're in our late 20s/late 30s. He owns a house already (trying to sell). I have good credit, he has great credit.
I obsessively look at the SB Craig's List, we look at the 2 SB newspapers, UCSB's rental listings, rent.com, and Yahoo! housing... and nothing comes up.
Is there a trick? Should we be working through an agent? Any advice from former or current Santa Barbabarians? Any recommendations for neighborhoods to check out?
Also, are the housing prices totally insane or is this just California and I'd better get used to it?